18 April 2016

Liberia: Shadow of 2017 - As Brumskine Inroads Into Southeast - Gets Blessings of Citizens

Monrovia — 2017 is only few months down the road, but its reflections are looming on the horizon. And, experts of electioneering politics are beginning to piece together what could eventually surface on the day when the results on the ballot are announced in 2017. 2005 and 2011 had produced results that saw some of the candidates, noticeably favored by the electorate during the pre-campaign periods of those two elections, drowning on the altars of the same electorate that had endeared them with so much admiration. Brumskine was one of such persons. But, as it is said, every electioneering period has its own peculiarities that may dictate elections outcome. So, with one of Liberia's political heavyweights and his political institution cruise the countryside to consolidate the political base in anticipation of 2017 General and Presidential Elections, it is appearing that election results of 2005 and 2011 could be nothing but mere objects for the annals of history, as new realities emerge on the political stage.

The Political Leader of Liberty Party, Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine, is back in the Capital following a nine-day tour of Southeastern Liberia which started on Friday, April 8, 2016. Brumskine who prior to the 2005 Elections had wooed so much support in the public as a result of his performance in the erstwhile Charles Taylor Government as Senator from Grand Bassa and President Pro Tempore of the Senate, did not secure the presidency in that and the subsequent election of 2011. Did the electorate not favor him in the last couple of weeks down the road to elections? Did his party (Liberty Party) not have the political program realistic enough to have won the support of the voters?

Today, these are very searching concerns for very many Liberians, that the man who so exhibited enviable leadership qualities and love for country during a very hectic epoch of the country's political history, to the extent that his fame went beyond our frontiers, could not clinch the nation's highest seat in the two elections. But, perseverance is more prevailing in whatever man decides to undertake. Brumskine, after reigniting his political machinery, is leaving no stone unturned. He is traversing the nooks and corners of the country, meeting with citizens in their places of habitat.

So, Brumskine embarked the long and difficult journey of southeastern Liberia with a message of hope for the citizens and residents as well as to motivate local leadership structure of the Liberty Party.

Reconciliation, Reform, Recovery and Rebuilding, the four cornerstones of the Liberty Party Platform, formed the basis of his theme to the Southerners.

The visit was reassuring, both for Cllr. Brumskine and the Liberty Party, as it raised the profile of the Political leader and the institution with Southeasterners. In the villages, cities and towns, the people expressed joy over his visit, promising strong partnership to turn the political table around. With firm leaderships in place in the southeastern counties, a corridor was opened that would spur and consolidate the LP membership base with new party entrants.

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